Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A survivor of Auschwitz reflects with her granddaughter on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

George and Jo: Putting the Brakes On

George and Jo: Putting the Brakes On

Station: BBC Radio Cumbria

George thinks she's the voice of common sense in their same sex relationship.

Geoff and Vincent – The Crisis Moment

Geoff and Vincent – The Crisis Moment

Station: BBC London 94.9

Two highly successful men trying to get rid of the stigma of mental health issues at work

Joe and Kevin - Barstool Philosophy

Joe and Kevin - Barstool Philosophy

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

A father and son reflect on working in a bar and the pressures to emigrate from Ireland.

Diane and Paddy - Wedding or Camper Van?

Diane and Paddy - Wedding or Camper Van?

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Paddy and Diane have been together for 20 years, is it time to get married?

Diane and Paddy - Wedding or Camper Van?

Diane and Paddy - Wedding or Camper Van?

Station: BBC Radio Ulster

Paddy and Diane have been together for 20 years, is it time to get married?